Yes, they are. They physically exist, these attempts. Putin's lobbying efforts on the Magnitsky Act in the US, for example, have been expensive and persistent. His threats to cut off oil and gas to EU countries are not inventions of propagandists. Neither are his agricultural import bans (taking advantage of his superior ability to impose hardship on his citizenry - the EU cannot counter-ban oil and gas imports, and short its citizens). And so forth. And you take all that at face value. That makes sense to you, as a reality. Now you are believing your own typing, on top of Putin's PR ( that was some bs you invented for me earlier, when you were trying to avoid facing the nature of Assad's (and Putin's) government.) In fact, as was obvious then, almost none of it. Certainly nothing as silly as believing that Putin's import bans are for protecting Russian agriculture (Icelandic fish? Dutch tulips?). Back to maps of Syria. These at least are subject to correction by intersubjectively verified physical fact.